Vicki Kennedy will be Special Guest at Christopher’s Haven Event

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Upcoming fundraiser to support organization that provides homes to families whose children are being treated for cancer at MassGeneral

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My husband and I became familiar with Christopher’s Haven while he was undergoing treatment at MassGeneral, and we saw firsthand what the organization meant to some of the families staying there. I’m honored to be part of this upcoming event.

Christopher’s Haven today announced that Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the wife of the late United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy, will headline its upcoming Butterfly Bash event this November. Christopher’s Haven, a leading Boston-based non-profit, provides supportive homes for families whose children are receiving treatment for cancer at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

The Butterfly Bash, which takes place at Fairmont Copley Plaza on November 20th, is an evening dedicated to celebrating children who have battled cancer.

“It is so important that families whose children are fighting cancer have a comfortable and supportive place to live during treatment, and Christopher’s Haven does tremendous work in this effort,” said Mrs. Kennedy. “My husband and I became familiar with Christopher’s Haven while he was undergoing treatment at MassGeneral, and we saw firsthand what the organization meant to some of the families staying there. I’m honored to be part of this upcoming event.”

During the past several years Christopher’s Haven, which is located just minutes from MassGeneral, has played an integral role in helping cancer patients and their families who travel to Boston from around the world to receive proton beam radiation. MassGeneral is one of just eight proton centers nationwide, and the only facility in the northeast, that offers this advanced therapy used to treat brain cancer and other solid tumors in children.

Close proximity to the hospital is essential for children undergoing proton beam radiation, since many require anesthesia before treatment, have emergency needs that may arise that must be treated quickly, or have compromised immune systems that prevents travel on public transportation.

“When we founded Christopher’s Haven nine years ago, it was with the goal of providing support to families and their children who are facing an incredibly challenging and frightening time,” said Christopher’s Haven founder Dan Olsen, who is a three-time cancer survivor. “Earlier this summer we accepted our 100th family and each has an incredible story. This year’s event will honor some of these stories and children, and we are honored to have Mrs. Kennedy be a part of this special evening.”

The Butterfly Bash will feature dinner, a silent and live auction, and dancing to a live band. Tickets and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, visit http://www.Christopershaven.org or contact Martha Welsh at martha(dot)welsh(at)christophershaven(dot)org.

About Christopher’s Haven
Christopher's Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides high quality, supportive housing for families who bring their child to Boston's MassGeneral Hospital for Children for cancer treatment. Founded in 2001, Christopher’s Haven is committed providing a home away from home to families traveling to Boston to receive proton radiation treatment allowing them to focus on their child’s treatment and recovery. For more information visit http://www.Christophershaven.org.

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